Monday, June 15, 2009

HOW TO COOK CACTUS LEAVES

Cactus is eaten in Mexico as much as cauliflower is eaten in the United States. The most common variety to cook or eat raw is Nopales or Prickly Pear, which is nearly spineless. Cactus can be added to almost any dish, raw or cooked. Its taste, when prepared boiled, has been compared to green beans.

RECIPE ONE

Step 1 -Choose a fresh young cactus leaf, about hand-sized and 3/8-inch thick. Remove the spines and nubs with a scrubbing pad. If you don't have a scrubbing pad, you can use a sharp knife.
Step 2 -Slice the cactus like French fries or cut into bite-sized pieces. Place it in a pot and cover it with cold water.
Step 3 -Bring the water to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 4 -Add a pinch of baking soda toward the end of cooking to help extract the "babas" or sticky liquid from inside the cactus. Remove from pan when done and drain excess water on paper towels.
Step 5 -Scramble eight eggs until soft and firm. Add cactus to the eggs and season with any desired spices. Roll up desired amount in a warm corn or flour tortilla.

RECIPE TWO (my own recipe - pictured)

1 cactus leaf, French fries cut,
2 tablespoons butter,
1 teaspoon minced garlic,
1/2 teaspoon seasonings (Montreal)

DIRECTIONS:

Saute cactus in butter for 4 to 5 minutes; stir in garlic and seasonings and continue saute for 1, 2 minutes. Serve! How does it taste? Yummm ! Lots of vitamins...so eat it up! :))))


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9 comments:

  1. this is amazing!!! I would like to try it!!

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  2. Wowwwww!!!! cactus????? original!!! besos Nina!!

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  3. LOL. There are no cactus in New England and most certainly not in these northern mountains where I reside. But if I should ever see a prickly pear, I will most certainly try this!

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  4. I'm making this tonight! Thanks!

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  5. your recepy will be the "QUEEN" of our table tonight. Thanks! Carlo

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  6. Just made it and wow! Muy bueno :-)

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  7. Valli Produce Carries cactus leaves as well as other unusual to me produce, have been looking at the leaves and wanted a recipe to try them, now I have one.

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    1. We also went to Valli Produce and found cactus leaves, we're going to try this in a few days. LOVE Valli Produce!!

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